Category Archives: Essex

CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR
SECOND ANNUAL PAINTING COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 8TH-16TH, 2017

For more information, visit the Cape Ann Plein Air website here.

2017 CALENDAR

CAPA Public Calendar 2017

Sunday Oct 8:

6-8pm: Opening Reception, North Shore Arts Association, Pirates Lane, Gloucester

Monday Oct 9:

12-1pm: Demo, Dennis Poirier, Cox Reservation, Essex

Tuesday Oct 10:

12-1pm: Demo, David Curtis, Cogswell Grant, Essex

Wednesday Oct 11:

12-1pm: Demo, Don Demers, Masconomo Point, Manchester-by-the Sea

1-3pm: Public Reception for Don Demers

7-9PM: CAPA Artist Preview, Charles Fine Arts, Gloucester

Thursday Oct 12:

12-1pm: Demo, KT Morse, Rockport Art Association & Museum

5-6:30pm: Demo and Artist Talk by CAPA Awards Juror Marc Hanson, Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Gloucester, then Artist Appreciation at the Studio Restaurant.

Friday Oct 13:

12-1pm: Demo, Sergio Roffo, Beauport Sleeper-McCann, Gloucester

Saturday Oct 14:

4:30-6pm Collectors Preview, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport ($150, limited tickets available, ticket price is pre-payment toward painting purchase)

6-10pm Cape Ann Plein Air Grand Awards Exhibition & Sale, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport: $65 advance, $75 after Oct 13 ($65 may be used toward purchase of one painting). Special opportunity for art patrons and enthusiasts to meet the artists and purchase one of 160 fresh paintings created during CAPA week by award winning and nationally recognized plein air artists. Elegant hors d’oerves included. 6-10PM Rockport Art Association & Museum.

Sunday October 15:

10am-3pm Quick Draw (9-11AM) and Public Reception & Sale (12-3pm), Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex, MA

10am-5pm: CAPA Exhibit open to public, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

Monday, October 16:

10am-5pm: CAPA Exhibit and Small Painting Monday Exhibit open to public, Rockport Art Association & Museum,
Rockport

3-5pm: Meet the CAPA Artists and People’s Choice Award, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

Associated Public Events:
Look Again, plein air exhibition, Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Gloucester Thursday Oct 12 – Sunday Oct 15, 12-5PM
Charles Movalli, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester 10AM-5PM daily
CAPA Preview Exhibit, Charles Fine Arts, Main St. Gloucester
Cape Ann Museum docent-led tours ~ painters past and present. Free with museum admission, Pleasant St., Gloucester Tuesday-Saturday Oct 10-14, 3PM

CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR EVENT HOSTED BY KAREN HANSON AND FEATURING A GALLERY OF PHOTOS BY MAYOR SEFATIA

Cape Ann Plein Air sponsors, supporters, and participating artists were treated to a fabulous party Thursday evening. The event was hosted by the the lovely and generous Karen Hanson, By the Sea Sotheby’s owner, and proud sponsor of Cape Ann Plein Air, at the stunning home of Warren Waugh.

Warren’s home overlooks Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester’s outer harbor, and the great Atlantic beyond. On the rocky outcroppings surrounding the home, participating Cape Ann Plein Air painters were perched with their easels, painting scenic vistas, which could be seen from every angle from this outstanding landscape. Guests at the party had a delightful time speaking with and observing the visiting artists.

For more information about the 2017 Cape Ann Plein Air festival, visit their website here.

Thank you to Mayor Sefatia for providing the terrific gallery of photos!!

Warren Waugh and Karen Hanson


ALL PHOTOS BY MAYOR SEFATIA

Karen Ristuben and Karen Hanson giving words of welcome and thanks to sponsors and artists.

ABOUT CAPE ANN PELIN AIR

To all the Artists, Collectors, Organizers, Sponsors and Visitors,

We are thrilled to inform you that we are already well into planning Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) – 2017! The overall timeframe and elements of the event will be similar to 2016, occurring the week of Columbus Day and featuring a Gala Art Celebration and Sale at Rockport Art Association and Museum, community Quick Draw event, and many other associated exhibits and cultural activities.

Here is a re-cap of CAPA-2106.
Just over a year ago, the idea of Cape Ann Plein Air had been just that, an idea, a great concept aspiring to bring renowned painters to this culturally historic and stunningly beautiful place. Plein Air events, where artists travel from all corners of North America to compete for significant prize money, occur dozens of times or more every year in the United States. Yet there has never been a national level event here in Cape Ann where some of the most famous artists in US history have painted en plein air. No single region is more famously recognized than Cape Ann, which provided the creative inspiration over the last two hundred years and hosted our history’s giants like Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper, and N.C. Wyeth, just to name a few.
The crucial first step to launching a Plein Air Event requires raising significant prize money. Following a meeting with Applied Materials management back in January, the Applied Material Foundation agreed to provide the underwriting necessary to take Cape Ann Plein Air from a great concept to reality. Without the support of the Applied Materials Foundation, we would not be enjoying this incredible experience right now . . . and neither would you!
With that key financial backing in place early in the year, the small group of individuals informally organized as Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 (CAPA2016) went out into the community and raised funds allowing us to sponsor 25 more awards beyond the top three prizes. The additional funding provided by Stephen and Jill Bell, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, By-The-Sea Sotheby’s International Realty and the law firm of Glovsky and Glovsky, all have given CAPA 2016 national standing among all other Plein Air competitions.
Thanks to the help of local individuals and businesses, additional sponsors and Friends of CAPA 2016, we have been provided the resources to make CAPA 2016 more appealing to artists, collectors, visitors and local businesses, much more than we originally thought possible.
There are too many to name in this letter, so please read page four in the 2016 program book for the entire list of those for whose generosity we are incredibly grateful.
Finally, we would like to offer a special thanks for those who have met once and often twice a week for the last year, and spent hundreds of hours taking care of each and every part of the design and implementation of CAPA 2016. They include but are not limited to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (CACC), the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS), Rockport Art Association and Museum, North Shore Art Association, Essex Merchants Group, Rockport Cultural District, and Rocky Neck Art Colony.
We also would like to thank the City of Gloucester and the Towns of Essex, Rockport and Manchester-by-the-Sea for all of the logistical support required to manage such a broadreaching geographical event. Without having to ask, we were provided marketing and hospitality to reach out to a broader group of visitors from Discover Gloucester, the Manchester Historical Society and the Copley Society in Boston. Most importantly, we owe a big thanks to project leader Karen Ristuben who stayed on top of each and every detail along the way. And there have been many.
This undertaking represents a major collaboration among the arts, business and the community throughout Cape Ann, the first of its kind. As a result the Cape Ann Community Foundation is both excited and overwhelmed by the inspirational work so many have contributed. Thank you again for your participation on every level and tireless effort to make this the first of many future successful Cape Ann Plein Air events.
Sincerely,
Ken Riehl, CEO
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
James Caviston, President, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts
(seARTS)

CAPE ANN TRAIL STEWARDS

Good Morning Gloucester received a nice note of appreciation from Cape Ann Trail Stewards president Nick Holland. I went to their website to learn more about Cape Ann Trail Stewards. They are a non-profit, all volunteer coalition founded in 2012 and their primary focus is on helping municipal landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain, and expand Cape Ann’s trail network. They match volunteer trail stewards to trails in need of stewardship, and organize trail work parties.

I am super excited to learn more and looking forward to exploring some trails with Nick. Thank you for writing and letting us know!!

Cape Ann Trail Stewards Mission Statement: Trails, from meandering paths to stony fire roads, connect Cape Ann communities across borders, public and private land, and diverse natural landscapes. CATs helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail system and recreational areas. CATs works with municipalities and like-minded conservation organizations to protect and preserve land for its recreational and ecological values. CATs promotes the understanding of the wildlife and natural resources of our woodlands and wetlands.

BREAKING NEWS: SCHOONER FESTIVAL RACE AND PARADE OF SAIL POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY!!! (UPDATED)

DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN PREDICTED ON SUNDAY, PARADE OF SAIL AND MAYOR’S RACE ARE RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH.

UPDATED JUST NOW:

SKIPPER’S MEETING IS STILL ON SUNDAY MORNING AT 8:30am.

RECEPTION AND DINNER IS STILL ON SUNDAY AT 6pm.

THE MAYOR’S RACE IS AT 1pm ON MONDAY.

 

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Sunday and Monday schedule are as follows:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony
for captains, crews and invited guests (ticketed event).
 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 10:30 am

Parade of Sail Viewing Party at Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House.
Visit Beauport for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor’s race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event. $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers. Registration is required. 978-283-0800

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free ofCharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Columbia Trophy, Ned Cameron Trophy; and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

Monday evening is an impromptu gathering, but not official as of yet.

 

Here you go–the list of 26 schooners participating in the Gloucester 2017 Schooner Festival! Thank you to Len Burgess for sharing, and it is also Len’s beautiful photo in the poster.
Please check gloucesterschoonerfestival.net for updated info and schedule.

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

Watching the grand Schooner Adventure from the Dogbar Breakwater today at noon reminded me that Gloucester’s magnificent Schooner Festival begins one week from today!  

Gloucester and Essex participating schooners:  

Adventure, Flagship of the City of Gloucester and leading the Parade of Sail

Thomas E. Lannon, honoring her namesake– a fisherman from 1901-1943

Ardelle flagship for Maritime Gloucester

Bald EagleGreen Dragon  and Sugar Babe from Gloucester

Redbird & Lewis H. Story from Essex.

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL 2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, September 1, 2017

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests (ticketed event)

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party on Main Street in downtown.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Gloucester House Public Clambake
Music, food and a whole lot of fun. The cost is only $16 for Lobster, Corn and Cornbread.

5:15 pm to 5:45 pm
Carillon Concert at Our Lady of Good Voyage, final concert of the summer series can be heard throughout the downtown Gloucester area.

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Concert on Stacy Boulevard
Live music and light effects on Stacy Boulevard with a break during the fireworks.

7:00 pm
Fireworks Viewing Party at Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House.
Watch Gloucester’s annual Schooner Festival fireworks display from the terrace and lawn of Beauport. Treat yourself to an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. Adults and children over twelve only, please. $12 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers. Registration is required. 978-283-0800

7:00 pm
Boat Parade of Lights
The annual Boat Parade of Lights begins at dusk at Jones Creek on the Annisquam River, travels down the river, through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor, ending in the Smith’s Cove area of the harbor. Click here for information on joining the Lighted Boat Parade.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate “fireworks” on your donation.)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.
2017 Gloucester Schooner Festival Notice of Race

10:30 am
Parade of Sail Viewing Party at Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House.
Visit Beauport for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor’s race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event. $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers. Registration is required. 978-283-0800

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free ofCharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00 pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Columbia Trophy, Ned Cameron Trophy; and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony
for captains, crews and invited guests (ticketed event)

Cape Ann’s Schooners
Adventure, Flagship of the City of Gloucester and leading the Parade of Sail,
Thomas E. Lannon, honoring her namesake– a fisherman from 1901-1943,
and Ardelle flagship for Maritime Gloucester.
The Bald EagleGreen Dragon  and Sugar Babe from Gloucester,
and Redbird & Lewis H. Story from Essex.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE 33RD ANNUAL GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL WEBSITE HERE

Highlights from last year’s 32nd annual Schooner Festival

The original, very first, Gloucester Schooner Festival Parade of Sail short film, 2013

Schooner Adventure Gloucester Harbor August 25, 2017

Great idea and beautiful new trail map! Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Route 133/1A

One for All and All for One !

Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley met early last spring about working together to market their businesses.  These street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The new Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway brochure will be in stores before Labor Day. I’ll re-post with higher resolution images and final copy when it’s unveiled. While you’re exploring this contemporary woman owned businesses trail, don’t miss the fantastic historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share show sponsored by the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, on display on the 3rd Floor of the Essex Town Hall and Library, 30 Martin Street (Route 22), Essex.

Fun route is easy to follow

#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester

#2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex

#3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex

#4 The Essex Exchange, Essex

#5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*

#6 AnnTiques, Ipswich

#7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch

#8 Lost Treasures, Rowley

#9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley

*Johanne Cassia, who owns Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery –#5 on the new map–painted the illustration of their businesses featured on the brochure.

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Woman Owned Business on the Essex coastal byway

I’ve included a few scenes from The Women of Essex – Stories to Share exhibition at Essex Town Hall and the renovated bright space on the top floor, accessible for all.

photo- Women of Essex: Restauranteurs (detail from installation Essex Town Hall)

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LAUNCH PARTY TODAY FOR THE LEWIS H. STORY AT THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM!

Join us as we celebrate the re-launch of the Museum’s Flagship, the Lewis H. Story!  Music, food, libations and family activities in the Shipyard, it will be a great way to kick off the summer season. Saturday, June 4th, at 4pm at the Essex Shipbulding Museum.

Photo: Wooden Boat Magazine

HISTORY OF THE LEWIS H. STORY from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum website

In 1998, the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum commissioned Essex builder Harold Burnham to construct a Chebacco to serve as the museum’s flagship. She measures 30 feet on deck and her hull, deck arrangement and rig are typical of post-Revolutionary War inshore fishermen.

The STORY is named in honor of Essex shipwright, carver, designer, modeler, researcher and the town’s foremost maritime historian, Lewis H. Story, 1873-1948.  All contemporary studies of Essex history and the design of the American fishing schooner are based on his life-long study and scholarship.

THE CHEBACCO BOAT

Image of Revolutionary War DogbodyDuring the American Revolution, the British nearly destroyed the New England fishing fleet. Since capital was lacking to build replacement schooners, a low-cost, quickly built vessel was needed. A little two-masted boat, then popular for the inshore fishery, seemed to fit the bill. Because it was developed in Essex which was then a parish of Ipswich called “Chebacco”, the vessel was known as a “Chebacco Boat” if pink sterned (pointed) and “Chebacco Dogbody” if square sterned (the origin of the term “Dogbody” is not known).

Chebacco Boats were built by the hundreds not only in Essex, but in other coastal towns as well. Typically, they measured between 22 and 30 tons and averaged from 24 to 48 feet in length, had two masts and no bowsprit. They were usually a flush-deck vessel with several cockpits, or “standing rooms” in which the fishermen stood to fish. A middle hatch gave access to the fish hold.

Local Essex tradition has it that the first Chebacco Boat was built in the attic of a house. This is likely more legend than fact. However, Chebaccos were almost always built near the dwelling of the builder and sometimes no more than a few yards from the front door. When finished, the boats were loaded onto pairs of wooden wheels and hauled to the launch-site by teams of oxen. Boat hauling went out of favor about the year 1835. Thereafter, all Essex vessels were built on the river’s edge.

There are Chebacco boats building for the Bay Fishery not only at every landing place, but in the yards of farmers some distance from the shore“.

1817, The Reverend William Bentley, of Salem

SUPER EXCITING NEWS MONDAY NIGHT’S SCHOONER CHALLENGE NOW INCLUDES THE LEWIS H. STORY!

THE SCHOONER CHALLENGE NOW INCLUDES THE LEWIS H. STORY!

 

Don’t miss the 5th Annual Schooner Challenge! Proceeds to benefit the Evelina M. Goulart, the Essex-built, Gloucester fishing schooner. Tickets may be ordered online at www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org or call 978-375-3337.

SEASIDE SUSTAINABILITY AWARDED EXCELLENCE IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Congratulations to Eric Magers, so well deserved!! Seaside Sustainability was given the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 2017 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. 

Learn more about Seaside Sustainability’s programs here.

And recent GMG podcast with Eric here.

Photo, left to right:
Mathew Beaton – Secretary of Energy and Environmental Education
Eric Magers – Executive Director
Kris Scopinich – Director of Education Mass Audubon
Don Siriani – Legislative and Communications Director Commonwealth of MA

State Officials Recognize 33 Programs for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

From the office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:

BOSTON – At a State House ceremony, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today honored 33 energy and environmental education programs at Massachusetts schools and nonprofits as part of the 23rd Annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

“Hands-on energy and environmental educational programs improve students’ problem-solving skills and create lifelong passions for science and the environment,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is proud to recognize the students, teachers and nonprofits raising awareness and coming up with creative solutions to our pressing energy and environmental issues.”

“These educators are engaging students in real-world environmental and energy issues and bringing topics they learn in the classroom to life,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The programs recognized today are developing students who will make a positive and lasting impact on their communities, schools and the environment.”

Winners competed for $5,000 in awards, funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust with the intention to fund further environmental education initiatives at the schools. EEA solicited Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Award nominations in early 2017. Schools and organizations that voluntarily incorporate environmental education into public or private school curricula are given priority.

“The outstanding educational programs honored today immerse students in important issues like energy, recycling and wildlife conservation,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beaton. “It is more important than ever that we teach the next generation the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources.”

The project applications were scored by the Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education, a group of environmental educators from state agencies, non-profits, industry and academia.

“Not only are these schools teaching students important lessons about protecting the environment, they are also providing them with valuable knowledge and skills in STEM subjects that could spark their future career choices,” said Education Secretary James Peyser.

SEE ALL RECEIPIENTS AND READ MORE HERE Read more

THANK YOU @ESSEXHERITAGE!

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Secretary Kerry

Together with the Essex National Heritage’s 20th anniversary celebration, 131 Trailblazing organizations where honored at last night’s grand gala, held at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Over 300 Essex Heritage supporters were in attendance.

Very special guest Secretary John Kerry, who helped craft the legislation in 1996 that designated the area (and worked with Senator Kennedy over many years to secure funding), gave an inspiring speech highlighting the fact that the past twenty years of this unique public-private partnership has created the tremendous success that is the Essex National Heritage area.

Congratulations to the Essex National Heritage and all the Trailblazers!

The best fun seeing these four at the gala!! Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure, Captain Tom Ellis of the Schooner Lannon, Mayor Sefatia, and Tom Balf, Director of Maritime Gloucester.

 

 

A special toast was given to the following Trailblazers:

Preserving this Special Region: Essex County Greenbelt Association; Connecting People to Place: The Trustees of Reservations; Building & Growing Our Future: Peabody Essex Museum; Advancing Our Educational Mission (tied for first place): Lowell’s Boat Shop and The House of Seven Gables. Of special note to Cape Ann residents, Maritime Gloucester came in second place and Essex Shipbuilding Museum came in third place in the category Advancing Our Educational Mission.

New & Different…for me

Long exposure and LED lights. Photos from yoga posing and LED lights last night with Anneliese Brosch, Jody Caplan, Dave Fernandes and James Eves. Special thanks to Cause Creative for letting us use the space. Closest I’ve gotten to yoga…

 

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!

Essex National Heritage is celebrating their 20th anniversary. To mark this special occasion, Essex Heritage is recognizing organizations and people that make the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) so exceptional.

Much, much to my delighted surprise, I have been nominated as an Essex Heritage Trailblazer in the second category, Connecting People to Place. The 130 nominees are all stellar and most are businesses and very large organizations, for example, the Peabody Essex Museum, Mass Audubon (statewide), and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, so it is really quite an honor to be nominated. I think GMG could have been nominated for all our work collectively but I am of course grateful for the nomination.

The voting process is very simple, you don’t have to provide your email address or any other personal information. Please vote Kim Smith, in the center column, halfway down in the second category, Connecting People to Place. Here is the link to vote: surveymonkey.com/r/TrailblazersVote

All nominees will be recognized and the Gala sounds like great fun–celebratory cocktails, an exquisite dinner, silent auction, and a Toast to the Trailblazers.

For more information visit: EssexHeritage.org/Gala

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DREDGING THE ESSEX RIVER?

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Essex River Sunset and Great Blue Heron

Readers, what do you think?

December 27th Gloucester Daily Times letter to the editor from Elizabeth and Brad Story.

“To the editor:

Cape Ann folks should be aware of the fact that there is significant opposition to dredging the Essex River in town and it comes from local people who know the river best. Rather than celebrating a boondoggle like dredging, we ought to be mourning a body blow to an incredible local natural resource.

The reason the Essex River hasn’t been dredged since the ‘90s is that dredging:

 — doesn’t work for more than a few years;

— actually causes the river to fill in more quickly;

— is terrible environmentally, no matter where the dredge spoils are dumped;

— is a waste of money.

When the channel is dredged, the banks are steeper. More boats use the river at higher speeds and the wakes and turbulence from the boats causes the steeper banks to collapse. The collapsed bank material fills in the channel. Now the river is spread out over the tops of the old banks and more filling in occurs.

We have seen this over and over again. If you look at the time period between dredging projects in the 20th century you will see that the time gets shorter and shorter. This is because the dredging makes the river less deep over time.

In the 19th century hundreds of huge Gloucester fishing schooners, steamers and other large vessels were built and launched on the banks of the river and were brought downriver on successive tides. There was plenty of water for them in the basin where they were launched and the trip down river just had to be guided by someone who knew the river. Once steam tugs were available they didn’t even have to necessarily wait for more than one tide.

Harold Burnham, who brings the Schooner Ardelle up the river to his boatyard, and has brought other large vessels up the river many times, uses the same method today. It is not a problem. My family operated the Story Shipyard, where the Essex Shipbuilding Museum is now, for many generations and I did business there until 1985. I built and launched many boats there and sailed from there downriver to Ipswich Bay hundreds of times.

The only people who have a problem are people who want to zoom up the river to the restaurants or marinas, and don’t want to deal with the state of the tide or the shoal areas. The police chief/harbormaster, who has so far refused to dock his boat at Conomo Point where there is deep water on all tides, also wants dredging. Maybe we need a harbormaster who doesn’t have to do double duty as police chief and therefore doesn’t need to be close to his office in the center of town? Might this work better without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on harmful dredging?

The Coast Guard has always had a problem getting in the lower Essex River but dredging won’t affect that. The problem is the sandbars shifting across the mouth of the river and between the ends of Crane Beach and Coffin’s Beach each year. No amount of dredging will ever change that, nor is it intended to.

The main problem in the Essex River is not its shallow draft. It is people going way too fast in big, powerful boats. This is our public safety problem. We face it every time we try to go boating, especially on summer weekends.”

 

Read complete letter here.

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THE SHIPWRIGHT AND THE SCHOONER RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK BY HAROLD BURHAM AND DAN TOBYNE

During Sunday’s podcast we talked about Harold Burnham’s book The Shipwright and the Schooner and mentioned the book signing at Strawberry Banke on November 12th. On Thursday evening, November 17th, Harold will be giving a talk and book signing at Maritime Gloucester (with spirits tasting provided by Ryan & Wood).

From the publisher:

The Shipwright and the Schooner

Building a Windjammer in the New England Tradition

By DAN TOBYNE – HAROLD BURNHAM

Beginning in 2010, Essex, Massachusetts shipbuilder Harold Burnham took on the challenge of constructing a wooden sailing vessel using traditional techniques. He cut the trees himself from his woodlot, and milled them himself at his boatyard. Using volunteer labor from hundreds of friends, acquaintances, and community members, and recycled and repurposed materials he constructed, in just under a year, the schooner Ardelle at a cost of less than $20,000.

The Shipwriight and the Schooner is an exploration into traditional New England shipbuilding, and it is a journey of discovery for both the author, who has spent his life building wooden boats, and the photographer, who had his first experiences in the boatyard. The book chronicles in words and stunning color photographs the construction, launch, and subsequent season of sailing aboard the Ardelle. The vessel is a testament to community involvement and a badge of honor in the age of mass production. It is a reminder of simpler times, when things were meticulously crafted by hand, and of a lifeway that has mostly vanished.

The Shipwright and the Schooner is published by Rowman and Littlefield and is available to purchase at Maritme Gloucester.

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Joe Nadeau & Jay Aptt One Night Only! Friday 7-11pm at the Lobster Trap in Essex ,Ma 8.26.2016

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One Night only!!! This Friday 7-11pm at the Lobster Trap in Essex ,Ma (no they’re not opened again )Our band Manager and Tour bus mechanic rented the place for Joe and Karen’s arrival into Fishtown. Joe is only around town to see family and for a quick gig with The F.T. Band and our good friends The Steamers opening the show!. The F.T. Band has the pleasure of having caught and empty schedule night for the very busy ivory tickler John Hyde on Keys and ACCORDION!! We have to ask for a $10 cover which includes finger sandwiches and snacks etc. 2 bartenders to cover the bar. We ALL would like to thank our band manager Sean Nolan and Extreme Truck and Auto for setting up and paying for this night!
Sean and crew …..this Notes for YOU!

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